Migrant Help UK shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2016

posted : 9th May 2016

Migrant Help UK has today made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

The charity has been shortlisted in the Advice, Support and Advocacy category for its Asylum Help service, which provides free, independent advice and guidance to asylum seekers across the country.

Charity Awards judge Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said the charity had taken an “individual-centred approach to the work” which had been very effective.

The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. The winners are judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn. 

The 10 category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a ceremony and dinner on Thursday, 9 June, at the Mermaid Theatre in London. The evening will be hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull. 

Asylum Help is a national service delivered from seven initial accommodation centres across the UK and a free-to-call contact centre.

Catherine Johnstone, CEO of Migrant Help UK, said: “Migrant Help UK is delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. While we don’t carry out our work with the aim of winning awards, such recognition gives a huge morale boost and incentive. It’s fantastic to hear that the work we are doing is appreciated.”

Tania Mason, Editorial Director at Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Migrant Help UK on making the highly-coveted shortlist. She said: “We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so Migrant Help UK should be very proud to have made the shortlist. Only the very best-run charities make it through.”

John Low, Chief Executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said: “These are shining examples of charities at their very best, showing determined leadership and constantly innovating to support people in communities across the UK and beyond. Recognising the achievements of charities is a crucial part of how we continue to maintain and build a proud culture of caring for others and selfless generosity in Britain.”